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Softball sweeps Stony Brook 3-2 and 3-0
Bearcats homer three times, do not give up an earned run
April 26, 2013Tweet
STONY BROOK, N.Y.—Freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee had two RBI in the opener and freshman designated hitter Tiffany McIntosh drove in all three runs in the nightcap, leading Binghamton (25-13, 12-2 AE) to a sweep of Stony Brook (25-21, 7-7 AE) in an America East softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at University Field. The Bearcats won the first game 3-2 in eight innings before taking the second game 3-0.
With the sweep, Binghamton has now recorded its highest single-season win total during its 12-year NCAA Division I era. The old mark of 24 victories was set during the 2010 campaign. The Bearcats have also now taken all five conference series they have played this year.
Senior outfielder Jessica Phillips broke open a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the fifth inning of the first game. Two innings later, Chaffee made it 2-0 with her ninth home run of the season.
Down to their last out in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Seawolves tied the game on a two-run single by Jessica Combs. Chaffee, however, put the Bearcats up 3-2 with a RBI single in the top of the eighth inning. The Seawolves left the tying run on third base in the bottom of the frame.
Junior pitcher Demi Laney went the distance to improve to 12-5 on the season. She scattered two runs on seven hits and struck out 10 batters. Both of the runs were unearned and she did not issue a walk.
Allison Cukrov nearly matched Laney, scattering three runs on seven hits and striking out eight batters. Her record, however, fell to 9-12.
In the nightcap, McIntosh broke open a scoreless tie with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth inning. She then gave the Bearcats breathing room with a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning. Stony Brook went down in order in the bottom of the frame.
Senior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller, meanwhile, recorded her third solo shutout of the season in raising her record to 8-4. Jane Sallen took the loss, dropping her record to 6-7.
Junior second baseman Jessica Bump, who scored on McIntosh’s home run, finished the day 3-for-6 (.500) and reached base a team-best five times.
Laney and Marsteller held Stony Brook to a .232 batting average and posted a 0.00 ERA.
Binghamton and Stony Brook conclude their three-game series with a noon game on Sunday.